The Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies completed a four-player trade today, as the Braves have acquired catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd in exchange for right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser.
Briceno, 22, appeared in a career-high 84 games with Single-A Asheville in 2014, establishing new career bests with 89 hits, 12 home runs and 50 RBI. The backstop nabbed 35-of-80 (44%) would-be basestealers last year, and has thrown out 111-of-266 (42%) runners in his career. Originally signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent out of Maracaibo, Venezuela in 2009, he's hit .283 (250-for-893) in five minor-league seasons.
O'Dowd, 24, split the 2014 season between High-A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa, combining to hit .271 (114-for-421) with 27 doubles, five homers and 48 RBI in 113 games. A career .260 hitter in 208 minor-league contests, the Cleveland, Ohio, native was a 23rd-round draft pick by the Padres in 2012 out of Dartmouth College. The son of former Rockies General Manager Dan O'Dowd will receive an invitation to the Braves' 2015 Spring Training.
Hale, 27, spent his first full season in the majors in 2014, making 45 appearances (six starts) with the Braves and compiling a 4-5 record with a 3.30 ERA (32 ER/87.1 IP). The right-hander owns a career record of 5-5 with a 3.02 ERA and established a Braves franchise record with nine strikeouts in his Major League debut on September 13, 2013, against the Padres. The native of Marietta, Ga., was a third-round pick out of Princeton University in the 2009 draft.
Schlosser, 26, made his Major League debut in 2014 by pitching to a 7.64 ERA (15 ER/17.2 IP) over 15 games. The right-hander was drafted by the Braves in the 17th round of the 2011 draft and owns a 29-19 record with a 3.11 ERA over four minor-league seasons.